December 26, 2013

Erdogan's Christmas Nightmare

Yavuz Baydar, Al Monitor

The Associated Press

It might have been an ordinary, pleasant Christmas for most of the world, but Dec. 25, 2013, will go down in history as a sheer nightmare for Turkey’s once seemingly invincible, unchallenged and popular prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The day saw three key cabinet ministers step down, as Erdogan's once solid political power shattered, and his government sank deeper beneath a massive graft probe the includes accusations of bribery involving four...

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TAGGED: AKP, Corruption, Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan


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